Head – Bitter orange, Sea salt
Heart – Ginger, Black pepper
Body – Patchouli, Frankincense, Driftwood
Description – The story of Leviathan, told through scent and acting as a metaphor for how creative action gives us tools for combating wrongs. This vivid and colorful narrative sees grounded, nurturing base notes eventually triumph over the hash cauldron of potent bitter fruits and spices.
This fragrance will be exhibited at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London, from 4th – 7th April 2019.
Lost within the expanse of the sea; maddened flesh now carrion and hands clenched to the last of my sanity. Yet a light emerges and, consumed with hope, I travel towards it.
What I find is not light, but fire and smoke pouring from the doors of Leviathan’s mouth. A creature formidable in both strength and grace. Nothing on earth could be it’s equal; without fear, without weakness.
Yet it spoke to me with gentle words and in its glistening wake the sea became a pot of ointment.
Leviathan constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)
Arriving at the second half of the year, and moving artistic endeavour away from the trials of food, I present to you Leviathan; a mythical sea monster with no mass and no shape. It is a monster that can be speculated, positioned and exploited with a great degree of freedom.
But how does this exploitation manifest itself? Well, as a project that I’d describe as natural development away from food, yet still informed by it, I hypothesise that Leviathan exists within us. Leviathan has the capacity to exist as a metaphor, and therefore be aligned intrinsically with human endeavour. So, given Leviathan’s metaphorical tendencies, I present to you a speculative tonic, a scientists’ log and wall text describing the uncovering of the sea monster:
This work, produced in collaboration with Sharon Mossbeck, is a theatrical exploration of man’s descent into madness, and speculates that madness is a concept which is able to take the shape, mass and physical presence of Leviathan. The work projects that drinking the tonic allows the participant to adopt the form of Leviathan – to become possessed and maddened. The tonic is informed by the text found within the book – itself a fictitious account of a scientists’ descent into madness. Thematically, the work investigates what happens when memory, personal experience and anecdotes are appropriated as true scientific fact. This objectification of personal memory and experience has ethical, social and philosophical implications that will be expanded upon.
Reviving Leviathan is part of a group exhibition taking place at Arena Gallery, Liverpool, until 20th July.
The connotations associated with food and the re-imagining of still life paintings will always occupy my endeavours. However, for the time-being, I’d like to reduce the time and energy spent on considering food in order to pursuit other facets of my career. And so, from now on, I will spread my workload around three different websites.
‘Somewhere Between Art and Food’ will continue to document exhibitions, workshops and creative practice involving food and paint making. ‘Finding Art in Gaming‘, on the other hand, will focus on an increasingly potent concern of mine: The consideration of video games within the context of fine art. It is a subject which I have always had at least a vague interest in, and it is an interest that has become more pronounced as I have begun to consider nostalgia, glitches and beta games – all elements which can be removed from the confines of gaming and highlighted as having artistic value. ‘Finding Art in Gaming’ will delve much deeper into my thoughts on video games within a fine art context. So why not pop over there and have a look? The site is in pretty early stages of development, and any visual content is lacking, to say the least. Though as I get more acquainted with it, and as I begin to hold exhibitions and events centring on video games, more content will be added.
Reviving Leviathan, a collaborative project with Sharon Mossbeck, looks at the sea creature and seeks to initiate ways of considering how Leviathan can actually manifest itself. An upcoming exhibition, which deals with the theme of ‘drifting’, will feature visual renderings of Leviathan, and will consider the monster as a metaphor: An account of a descent into madness, or a refuge that exists in the wake of loneliness.
Any endeavours removed from the consideration of food will be highlighted on a new page on this very website: Michael Elsewhere will provide details of all non-food creative practices.
On a personal level, I’m bloody excited about all this. Whilst food will always occupy and intrigue me, I have been constantly looking, questioning, investigating and developing my food-based practice for over 5 years. So perhaps it is currently a little sterile, or has reached some kind of conclusion. New directions will allow my career to develop in unexpected ways. Ways even that could shift my focus away from creating work and onto curatorial duties. Plus the time removed from considering food will allow me to return to it fresh, ready to develop it in different and abstractly informed ways.